Tampa Bay Water Blog
Tampa Bay Water currently has 90 capital improvements projects (CIP) in various stages of design and construction and anticipates adding even more projects for fiscal years 2022-2031, increasing the CIP budget to approximately $1 billion. Most of the larger and costly capital projects are complex in nature, requiring keen oversight and careful planning.
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Tampa Bay Water Wise is a program to help residents and businesses save money by saving water. The goal is to save up to 11 million gallons of water per day by 2030.
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Population — and the demand for drinking water — is growing faster in south-central Hillsborough County than anywhere else in Tampa Bay Water’s service area, and Tampa Bay Water has been working with Hillsborough County since 2016 to meet the needs of this significant growth. Ensuring south-central Hillsborough County has enough water for generations to come will require expansions to both the wholesale (Tampa Bay Water) and retail (Hillsborough County) systems.
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Adequate rainfall is vital to recharging the Floridan Aquifer and filling area rivers, so Tampa Bay Water closely monitors area rainfall to ensure we deliver high quality drinking water to our six member governments while protecting our environment.
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Tampa Electric Company (TECO) will begin converting part of the coal-fired Big Bend Power Plant in Apollo Beach, Fla., to natural gas in January 2021. Once TECO has converted coal-fired Unit 1 to natural gas, TECO’s new operation will reduce the water at the cooling intake tunnels that Tampa Bay Water uses as its seawater source for its Tampa Bay Desalination Plant, located next to the power plant.
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